China Bridge by Denton Corker Marshall


China Bridge by Denton Corker Marshall

Architects Denton Corker Marshall designed this spaghetti-like bridge for Hangzhou in China. Unfortunately the competition it was shortlisted for has now been cancelled.

China Bridge by Denton Corker Marshall

The 500 metre-long bridge would have comprised three entwined metal ribbons, winding across the Jinsha Lake.

China Bridge by Denton Corker Marshall

The route for cyclists would be level, while the pedestrian bridge would climb up to a viewing platform.

China Bridge by Denton Corker Marshall

A third, sculptural ribbon would weave around the two.

China Bridge by Denton Corker Marshall

Zaha Hadid Architects and Grimshaw Architects were also shortlisted in the abandoned competition.

China Bridge by Denton Corker Marshall

Denton Corker Marshall previously won a competition to design a bridge in Auckland, New Zealand, which has been delayed and won't complete until 2016  - see the project on Dezeen here.

China Bridge by Denton Corker Marshall

We've published a few loopy bridges for China on Dezeen - see a foot bridge for Xinjin here and another called Pearl River Necklace by NL Architects here.

China Bridge by Denton Corker Marshall

Stories about bridges are always popular on Dezeen - see them all here.

Here are some more details about the project from the architects:

China bridge, international competition abandoned

A limited international design competition, for which Denton Corker Marshall was shortlisted, has been abandoned. Also shortlisted for the 400m-long pedestrian bridge at Jinsha Lake, Hangzhou, were Zaha Hadid and Grimshaw.

Denton Corker Marshall’s sculptural solution is a modern and energetic interpretation of the traditional local culture. Sinuous and dynamic, it responds to the requirement for a bold and distinctive icon. The thin profile of a long, non-vehicle bridge risks appearing insubstantial. Rising elegantly above the skyline, Denton Corker Marshall’s solution attains a signature presence amid the modern building scale of New Hangzhou.

China Bridge by Denton Corker Marshall

The architects teamed with Arup to develop the concept, described by director Neil Bourne as “truly memorable and distinctive”. Three ribbon elements – the lower deck, upper deck and arched support structure – combine into an integrated object, in harmony both structurally and visually.

“It’s a powerful concept offering numerous interpretations: ribbons, dragons, landscape, calligraphy or simply abstract sculpture,” said Mr Bourne.

China Bridge by Denton Corker Marshall

Importantly, the concept is very buildable using standard construction techniques, and structurally very efficient for its geometric complexity. It was on the acclaimed Webb Bridge scheme more than 10 years ago that Denton Corker Marshall and Arup pioneered the use of 3D CAD modelling and design in geometrically challenging bridge design.

Arup’s John Bahoric says the development and intelligent use of a digital model for Jinsha Lake Bridge has created a powerful tool for efficient delivery of the project, and which has been fundamental to the achievement of the design. Denton Corker Marshall understands that the competition organisers will now conduct a local design competition.

  • As awesome as this is, I can't help but feel in reality a lot of people would lose site of the beauty and just get frustrated that it doesn't just go straight from A to B.

    • Jimbo

      How do you lose site of the beauty when you don't have sights?

  • If this concept is viable financially & structurally (it should be since Arup has been involved in engineering) then it's one of the coolest architectural objects in the bridge-construction industry since Calatrava…

  • leohanwoori

    I think a design should always be honest and unpretentious. Many a times, architects just design something for the sake of design.

    In this case, I don't think a bridge calls for such an extravagant and pretentious design. I do not see how the curvature of the bridge actually helps to answer the program requirement. As scenic as it may be, it is simply outrageous to force pedestrian to take such a long walk across the river. I wouldn't object, though, if the intention of the bridge is to serve as running track to force urbanites to exercise (through walking). *roll eyes*

  • seems like a waste of space and materials though, but sometimes i guess that what sells….

  • Mks

    I can't see how this is either smart, cool or beautiful. It drowns in random formalism .

  • robotica

    China is the big friend of Parametricim.

  • robotica

    This is the most theartrical part – ' the competition it was shortlisted for has now been cancelled.'

  • Jiří Thiemel

    Not cool at all. Extravagance and terrible waste of material. Just a way to say: "We can afford it!" Nothing else. Like some silly student project, I would say :/

  • Sane Architect

    so many of these pieces of “sculpture” are fascinating for magazine viewers to see and comment on, but are they relevant to the place? Are they important to the purpose? Do the locals care? I think most walkers would take the cycle path….. its easier on the knees. Its so easy spending other people’s money……we need some sane architects.

  • oscar

    the bridge is for tourist…. that strikes me straight away…

  • tim

    turning an stroll across the river into a hotwheels race

  • fivedollarshake

    I'd rather swim it ..

  • JuanManuel

    Awful! First of all, the bridge is way to long. The curves maximize the real distance between one side of the river to the other one. 400 mts walking… whoa. Second; I feel like its twisted… maybe that's the idea, but the whole concept is just not right. Very pretentious with lack of a point . Is just another kind of 'monument' lost in the formalism and the pretentious of being monumental.

  • turtle

    Denton Corker Marshall should be closed down. So many of their projects blight our landscapes.